Stay of proceedings

A stay of proceedings is a ruling by the court in civil and criminal procedure, halting further legal process in a trial. The court can subsequently lift the stay and resume proceedings. However, a stay is sometimes used as a device to postpone proceedings indefinitely.


In UK civil procedure, stay of proceedings is governed by the Civil Procedure Rules 1998. In criminal trials, it is governed by the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985.

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